Chuck Ross

Freelance Writer

Chuck Ross is a freelance writer located in Brewster, Mass. He can be reached at

Articles by Chuck Ross

April 2012
One of the biggest challenges transmission-network operators face in integrating large-scale solar and wind farms into their operations is the variability of these natural resources. A passing cloud or a lull in the wind can wreak havoc on a transmission system, as can the generation peaks that occur when the sky clears again or the wind picks up. READ MORE
March 2012
Business still may be slow for many electrical contractors, with much of the construction industry remaining in the doldrums, but electrical pros specializing in major transmission work are experiencing a boom. READ MORE
February 2012
The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) is the nation’s biggest energy customer, and it wants to cut its bills. The DOD’s armed services all have initiatives underway to reduce energy use and increase adoption of renewable technologies, in both overseas operations and at stateside bases. In one of the most ambitious efforts announced to date, the U.S. READ MORE
December 2011
Alternative-energy watchers are to be forgiven for feeling a bit edgy when it comes to promises of market-shifting technologies. After all, that’s just what California--based Solyndra suggested U.S. Energy Department lenders could expect less than a year before the company went belly-up this summer. READ MORE
December 2011
Hurricane Irene likely will rank among the top 10 costliest catastrophes in U.S. history, with damage estimates totaling between $7 billion and $10 billion. In addition to the devastation Irene wreaked along the Eastern Seaboard, it marked the first time many electric utilities used social media seriously. READ MORE
November 2011
James Strange III, vice president of Louisville, Ky.-based Advanced Electrical Systems Inc., first began thinking about adding electric vehicle (EV) chargers to his company’s installation services at last year’s NECA Show. Though several exhibited products were still prototypes at that point, Strange saw an opportunity for driving his company’s business in a new direction. READ MORE
October 2011
Looking to cut back on your energy use? Try watering the grass a day or two less each week. And you say water efficiency is becoming more important to you? Try turning off a few lights and setting back the air conditioning. READ MORE
October 2011
Some things in education remain the same--—it’s all still really about reading, writing and arithmetic. But the way those and other subjects are taught has evolved significantly since many of us spent time in a classroom. READ MORE
October 2011
Walk into your local supermarket in mid-August, and the electricity consumption surrounds you. The combination of overhead lighting, air conditioning, cooler refrigeration and all those freezer compartments make that round-the-corner temple to the food pyramid (or the new food plate) one of the biggest energy hogs in town. READ MORE